4D Theater

The Maritime Aquarium's cinematic experience sends the action spilling off the two-story screen and over the audience with thrill-enhancing sensory special effects, such as scents, bubbles, wind, mists and more!

Our state-of-the-art theater is showing two films throughout the day: Happy Family 4D and BBC Earth’s OCTOPUS: Blue Planet II 4D Experience.

Guests in the 4D Theater don 3D glasses, which are turned in and cleaned after every show.

In addition to our 4D theater experience, guests can enjoy our Sound Bites Cafe! Click here to learn more.


  • Films alternate every 20 minutes beginning with BBC Earth’s OCTOPUS: Blue Planet II 4D Experience at 10:20 a.m.
  • Happy Family 4D plays at 10:45, 11:45, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45 & 3:45.

  • BBC Earth’s OCTOPUS: Blue Planet II 4D Experience plays at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15 & 4:15


Tickets for a 4D movie are $7 per person ($6 for Aquarium members). Maritime Aquarium admission is optional.

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4D Theater Trailers

Happy Family 4D

Experience the fast-paced, magical mayhem of Happy Family 4D, written by bestselling author David Safier. The Wishbone family isn’t exactly a happy family. After venturing to a local theme park, things go terribly wrong when the evil witch Babayaga turns the family into ludicrously spooky monsters. Presented in 3D with in-theater special effects, guests will be spellbound as they wonder if the Wishbone family can reverse the spell and find their happy ending …  Length: 12 minutes.

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BBC Earth’s OCTOPUS: Blue Planet II 4D Experience

Inspired by the critically-acclaimed BBC series, Blue Planet II, this special effects experience takes you beneath the surface to explore dynamic oceanic landscapes and one of the most captivating creatures that dwells there: the octopus. Discover how this eight-tentacled wonder masters physical and mental strengths to outwit and escape its underwater rivals. Length: 12 minutes.

The BBC and BBC Earth are trademarks of the British Broadcasting Corporation and are used under licence. BBC logo © BBC 1996. Photography ©Kondratuk Aleksei/Shutterstock; ©littlesam/Shutterstock; ©Greg Amptman/Shutterstock. 

Please keep in Mind: This 4-D Experience® could aggravate certain medical conditions. It involves special effects: loud noises, strobe and laser-like lighting effects, fog effects and seats with a poke in the upper back, all coordinated with an action-packed film experience. The Experience is not recommended for guests with: a heart condition, medical sensitivity to strobe lights, laser-like lighting effects or fog effects, back, neck or similar physical conditions or sensitivity to loud sounds.
A warning to parents: The Experience may be frightening for small children. Please supervise children at all times. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a person 14 or older.
Accessibility: May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV, Assisted Listening and Closed Captioning Available

Our Mission

Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.

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Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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